Which phone has the best camera?

It’s hard to tell, but judging phone cameras objectively is even harder when personal brand preferences get in the way of objective judgment. To avoid this bias, we did something fun a few days ago: a camera comparison with three of the best cameras around, the iPhone X, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the LG V30. You can check out the results of that comparison right here, they are really interesting.

But many of you said: we want more phones! So, we listened. This time, we have a massive blind camera shoot-out between six of the best camera phones of 2017. Shooting with six phones is not an easy task, but we did our best.


The phones in this comparison are:


It does not get any better in terms of camera phone selection.

We have stripped all information about which phone took which photo clear, so the only thing you can judge them on is... quality and nothing else. Keep in mind that we have shuffled the order of the phones for each scene. A is one phone in Scene 1, but a different phone in the next scenes. We have also shot a few different photos in varying conditions, so you get a more comprehensive idea of what these cameras are capable of. Unfortunately, no night photos this time around, but do expect a detailed night time camera comparison in the future. I will answer any other questions in the comments, but now let's waste no time and look at the pictures...

*Disclaimer: We have downsized photos so they load faster, but you can see the full-resolution pictures here. They follow the same order as in this here article.

Scene 1: A restaurant by the port



Which photo do you like the most?

A1 - Huawei Mate 10 Pro
12.09%
B1 - iPhone X
42.5%
C1 - LG V30
5.62%
D1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8
10.27%
E1 - OnePlus 5T
13.82%
F1 - Google Pixel 2 XL
15.72%

Scene 2: The road



Which photo do you like the most?

A2 - iPhone X
29.88%
B2 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8
16.02%
C2 - LG V30
21.91%
D2 - OnePlus 5T
8.5%
E2 - Google Pixel 2 XL
22.2%
F2 - Huawei Mate 10 Pro
1.49%

Scene 3: The old theater



Which photo do you like the most?

A3 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8
7.14%
B3 - OnePlus 5T
20.31%
C3 - Google Pixel 2 XL
12.25%
D3 - Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2.48%
E3 - iPhone X
27.49%
F3 - LG V30
30.34%

Scene 4: A lighthouse against the sun



Which photo do you like the most?

A4 - Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3.47%
B4 - LG V30
61.86%
C4 - iPhone X
9.32%
D4 - OnePlus 5T
3.08%
E4 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8
14.63%
F4 - Google Pixel 2 XL
7.64%

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56 Comments

1. RoyalMike unregistered

Different results for each pic

2. Victor.H

Posts: 1055; Member since: May 27, 2011

Let me clarify: we have shuffled the order of the phones for each scene.

17. turk_az

Posts: 75; Member since: May 11, 2012

Hi Victor why there isn't any night shots?

27. danny_a2005

Posts: 358; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

because there would be a clear winner (pixel)

32. dazed1

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Note 8* fixed

28. danny_a2005

Posts: 358; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

It is so easy to recognize the pixel in the selfie picture.

29. danny_a2005

Posts: 358; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

the competition was tight tbh, although there is one phone that does not compare to the others (in the bad way) want to know which one is it

53. miths666

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Victor , how do we know which is which post our votes ?

3. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

either the pixel or the iPhone x will win the note 8 or mate 10 for the third place v30 or 1+6t for the fifth place

4. shahrokh.king

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

add 100% crops or zoom on a particular object in each section, this way voting needs to load all images and takes some time

6. Victor.H

Posts: 1055; Member since: May 27, 2011

You will be able to see such crops in an upcoming camera comparison. My personal opinion is that 100% crops do more to mislead in such comparison, as they focus solely on how detailed a picture is. Anyway, you can always do this check yourself by looking at the full-res photos.

5. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

iPX or the pixel 2 xl won mate 10 and op5T last place

7. jjface

Posts: 229; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

HTC U11 plus would have been a strong contender you missed out.

8. d1g1te

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 04, 2016

Yet another blind comparison for best camera of year 2017 that totally skipped HTC U11 or even better U11+. How is it possible? :)

22. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Nobody has one.

34. chenski

Posts: 759; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Aka the best camera no one has

9. dnomadic

Posts: 399; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I don't like it when there are so many camera, it really is difficult to conclude a winner. Would it be possible to keep these comparisons between 2-4 with comparison champs included in the "best" comparisons. A single window pane would be helpful for comparisons sake no sense in continually including cameras that have consistently performed below others.

10. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I remember last time they made 3 a comparision between 3 phones, several people commented why there is no Pixel 2 or Huawei there, so I guess it is caused by that. I would prefer as you said only 3 phones.

11. josephnero

Posts: 778; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Nothing can top XZ1 in daylight

12. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

PhoneArena, I would much prefer if somehow you could manage the voting in such a way that I can see which one I voted to when next time I see the results. For example: Canon phone has 55% while Panasonic (Your choice) has 30% and Nikon has 15% . I usually write them so I see which phone suite me more. I understand that this could be hard especially since not all voters has accounts,and it could be a bad idea for some reason I didn't thought of, but I hope you consider that.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

They are all very good. I would take any of them.

14. UnbreakableAli

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

When will the voting end ?

15. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Seems a lot of people have tendency to vote for the brighter image, brighter isn't always better.

20. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

if that what most people think it looks better and more pleasing to look at then it is better ( it is no nuclear science hidden with mysteries )

43. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Better is always better :v

16. Jrod99

Posts: 713; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Here’s a idea PA. Do another camera test. Good grief.

18. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

When iPhones were lagging behind the competition in dynamic range, we never saw photos with difficult dynamic range in PA's blind comparisons. Now that the competition is better in detail and low light, you can't find any 100% crop or low light photo. :)

21. dnomadic

Posts: 399; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

This what I commented in another comparison. The comparison should use a good mix of photots so that the comparison is not unintentionally/intentionally geared to the strengths of a camera for a one particular situation that may occur.

19. MrAnonymous

Posts: 94; Member since: May 25, 2014

you guys missed the Sony and HTC flagships!! sony has one of the best sensor for daylight shots and HTC has one of the best sensor for low light shots!

26. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I agree with you

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